nature, texture, hygge & IDS 2017
It’s been a whirlwind week of TV appearances, presenting about trends in home decor, colours and new Dulux paints products.
After a couple of spots on local Calgary TV stations to start the week, Thursday was a day packed with recording seven segments for Edmonton’s CITY TV’s Dinner TV at a local Dulux paints store, talking about what’s buzzing in decor for the new year (airing Sunday January 22, 2017 at 5pm MT). My lead segment was about the ancient Danish way of life called hygge (pronounced hoo-ga, with a slight Muppet’s Swedish chef lilt) that is catching on here. Hygge is essentially about living a cozy way of life, which we in Canada call ‘hominess’. And as I prepared for the segment, gathering elements from my own home from the list of 10 things that will make your home more hygellig (as found in the newly released The Little Book of Hygge), I realized that I’m already doing a pretty good job at this way of living – warm and cozy blankets and pillows, vintage Scandinavian pieces that I’ve collected on my thrifting outings, lots of candles, tactile textures and elements from nature.
Not 12 hours after flying home, I hustled off to the trade day for the 2017 instalment of the Interior Design Show in Toronto. And it isn’t surprising that elements of hygge, especially textures and nature, caught my eye on the show floor, including larch wood end patterns, a hammered metal tub, a simply designed marble and rose metal umbrella stand, and a warming beach pebble outdoor concrete fire bowl.
Visit IDS17 this weekend, January 21 & 22, to explore the people, products and places that make the design world so exciting and inspiring.